Avalon (1990)


“It’s not an argument, It’s dinner talk.” – Sam

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Cable in the 90’s and 26 Nov 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Three generations of a family are shown as they try to find the American dream.

My Take on it – I have lots of fond memories of wathcing this film over two decades ago and was quite excited to finally see it again.

This film is heavily based on the family and life of Writer/Director Barry Levinson and knowing that fact adds so much more weight to the story because we know that there is much truth in everything that seems to happen before us.

They do a wonderful job capturing the way that life affects each generation slightly differently as they slowly become more and more acclimated and assimilated int a new environment.

The way that they show how subsequent generations begin to stray from past traditions or other important things to the previous generation is expertly done.

The cats is superbly chosen with Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aiden Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Joan Plowright and an extremely young Elijah Wood all shine here in just about every scene.

They also allow us to have a glimpse at a long gone nostalgic world over a period of almost 50 years.

Bottom Line – Great story about how life changes for different generations due to their experiences. The ability to show how newer generations stray from the important issues of previous generations is shown quite well. Amazing cast led by Mueller-Stahl, Quinn, Perkins, Plowright, Pollack and a very young Wood all give us such a nostalgic look at America spanning 50 years.  The fact that this story is heavily based on the family and experiences of Director/writer Barry Levinson makes it even more impactful since we know that there is a lot of truth in everything that transpires before us. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The slivovitz (a.k.a. “block and fall”) the immigrant brothers recall their father drinking (“he never drank water, only slivovitz”) is a real type of high-proof Hungarian plum brandy or schnapps made with the same kind of plums that give Sloe Gin its flavor. Slivovitz is not a brand name, but a generic term for this type of drink, and a definition of it can be found in some dictionaries. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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5 thoughts on “Avalon (1990)

      • basically said that I loved the movie. One of my favorites by Barry Levinson. Armin’s grandfather reminded me of my own. The family stuff was funny – especially the Thanksgiving scene when the aunt and uncle are late and they get pissed off that the rest didn’t wait and started to eat without them and they stormed out. I loved Aidan Quinn in this and couldn’t believe he was the same actor who played the bad guy in STAKEOUT.

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